Victor Raul Alcívar González
José Luis Reinoso
Princesa Cleopatra Mariño Orquera
Impact of the MBS Course in Ecuador
Participants are asked to complete a self-evaluation before and after completing the MBS course. The following report demonstrates the impact of the MBS course based on the evaluation results in Ecuador.
Agree/Disagree | Before/After
I have my own business. | 54% / 79%
I have a plan to improve my personal life. | 44% / 83%
I serve in my community. | 33% / 77%
I save money regularly. | 29% / 71%
My family spends less than we earn. | 39% / 73%
My family can afford the basic necessities of life. | 60% / 83%
I keep business records. | 26% / 73%
My business has improved because of the MBS course. | 0% / 83%
My income has increased because of the MBS course. | 0% / 84%
Ecuador Success Stories
Ecuador. My name is Pualina Yacelga Aguilar. I entered the program thanks to Mrs. Sara Velasco, a civil service member of the Provincial Counsel of Pichincha, who invited me to participate in the Master of Business in the Streets (MBS) program to strengthen my business. I am the owner of Alexandra L Grand (floral art, confectionary, and details), which has been operating since May 2018. In the beginning, I thought I should make Alexandra L Grand known on social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp) so we focused on creating a logo and a motto to support the brand. We realized we needed feedback on social media regarding the products’ quality, presentation, service, and the importance of having interaction with the customer. That’s how we started participating in fairs. They have given us the opportunity to test the products (candies and crafts) and they give us the advantage of making the brand known. Moreover, it allows us to improve client capturing, conservation, and presentation of products. We have overcome a lot of obstacles, even ones we never imagined. From the beginning, a few of those include: failure to comply with delivery times, quality of raw materials from suppliers, excessive costs covering the fairs which promised a disproportionate amount of target customers, product waste, changing locations, and an ant infestation among other things. However, each one of those experiences was overcome and left us with incomparable lessons learned.
Participating in this course allowed us to return to the basics and look at which aspects needed strengthening (logging and filing) and how frequently they should be performed. Above all, we were able to practice the way we interact with the clients. One of the strengths of the MBS program is the sharing, feeling comfortable and understood in this adventure together with other entrepreneurs. These particular experiences were driving factors and guides for our businesses. I am now looking for the most excellent way to achieve my personal and business goals. This course allowed me to combine those two areas in a concise and dynamic way. Finally, thank you to Mrs. Sara Velazco, through the Provincial Council, and Mrs. Alexandra Zúñiga, facilitator of Interweave Solutions, for opening the door for me to participate in the MBS program and to my group members, “Los Padrinos”, for showing me that anything is possible if you believe in your own talents.
Ecuador. Kathy Trujilo is a Chemical Engineer from Quito, Ecuador. The idea of creating her own business came after having a job as the Head of Automotive Glass Quality Control, where she was able to accomplish great goals. After being let go by the company, she looked for a new job for almost a year without any luck. At the same time, her husband was also struggling to find a job. After pondering about what they could do, Kathy and her husband decided to create their own businesses where they would be able to put all of their knowledge and skills. However, they did not know what they would do.
Since every house needs to be cleaned, they had the idea of creating cleaning products. Kathy’s knowledge in chemistry led them to find ways to improve the formulas for the cleaning products in a way that would make them more friendly for the environment and for the skin. Figuring out what to do was only part of the issue; the question now was how would they create their own businesses? One day they heard about the MBS course, which would provide them with the guidance they needed in order to fulfill their dream, which is now called TRUQUIM “the cleaning trick”. Kathy says she does not regret having taken the MBS course and that she now feels capable of having her own business and she values her family more and wants to help those around her.
Quito, Ecuador. Don Luis cleans and shines shoes on the street, making between 7-8 dollars a day. For many years, he has used a good portion of this money to satisfy his alcohol addiction. However, as he recently began taking the MBS course offered to him by a fellow street vendor, he realized the importance of saving money and has significantly reduced his alcohol consumption. Not only does he have more money to invest in his business and meet his personal needs, but this change of lifestyle has played a role in improving his home life and family relationships.